Letter from Colleen

“Summer is coming to a close and with the start of fall iYoga will be back to the full schedule of classes. I would like to thank Judy, Ross, Julie and Marti for subbing during the summer months. Please look over the new schedule carefully. You will see new teachers and classes have been added. Jo and Elisa will not be returning. Jo has exciting new prospects and Elisa wants to spend most of her time in beautiful Santa Fe. They will be missed. iYoga will be starting a teacher training for serious students and teachers interested in the Iyengar certification. It will consist of 1 day immersions throughout the year. Details to follow. The guest teachers for this year are John Schumacher in December , Bobbi Clennell in January , Jarvis Chen in February , and my dear teacher Patricia Walden in April. Details and sign up will be available soon. Last but not least the wonderful teachers at iYoga will be holding special events through out the fall on Sundays from 2-4 pm. Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.” Namaste,...

Benefits of Iyengar Yoga

INCREASED FLEXIBILITY:   You don’t need to be able to touch your toes to do Iyengar, but if you practice it, you will feel and opening and lengthening of your muscles. Iyengar yoga offers intelligent, clear  instruction by a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, guiding the practitioner into stretches that are safe and deep. The use of props is to enable any practitioner, from beginners to advanced, to hold postures without causing pain or injury. TONED MUSCLES:  In addition to stretching your muscles, the physical demand of holding each pose will help you build strength and tone your body. Because Iyengar engages the whole body, the attention goes not just to the main muscle, but instructs the practitioner to think about where the muscles are connected to other body parts and engage those as well. CALM MIND:  Once you enter an asana or pose, Iyengar encourages you to focus on the alignment and ignore all other thoughts in your head and being in the moment. You can think of it as a type of meditation, and, like meditation, the more you practice it, the calmer your mind will be—on the mat and off of it. PAIN RELIEF:  Studies have supported the power of Iyengar yoga to relieve back, hip and neck pain. By focusing attention on alignment, much of the slouching, hunching, and muscle weakness that leads to back and neck pain can be...